Easy Ways to Rev up Your Metabolism!!!

13 Sep

Here’s a sad truth:  your metabolism begins to slow down in your 30’s and only gets slower with each passing decade.  But don’t stress about it (stress makes you age and gives you wrinkles!!).  Do something about it.  Here are some tips that can help boost your metabolism!

1.  Run – not only does running burn calories, it revs up your metabolism and even slows down the aging process.  Grab those running shoes and get out there before the weather gets too cold!

2.  Lift weights – cardio alone is not enough of a balanced workout.  Sculpting and maintaining lean muscle keeps your metabolism on high, because it uses more energy (as in burns more calories) than fat. Aim to strength train for 20 minutes, three times a week.

3.  Interval training – Got four minutes? Try tabata, the high-intensity form of interval training that alternates 20 seconds of all-out effort with 10 seconds of rest. It’s quick and effective—a new study shows Tabata can double your metabolic rate for 30 minutes post-exercise.

4.  Eat often – Your body needs a little energy to digest food, so having small, frequent meals (around 200 calories) stokes your metabolism. Don’t cut cals; split ’em up. For example, eat half of your lunch at 11 a.m. and the rest at 2 p.m.  Remember the golden rule of eating every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism revved!!

5.  Drink more water – It’s key to fueling metabolic chemical reactions—if you don’t sip enough, your metabolism becomes less efficient. A good rule: Try to get 2 quarts of fluids (8 ounces times eight) daily.

6.  Fill up on fibre – It’s not easy to digest, and that’s a good thing. You burn extra energy processing fiber, keeping your metabolism humming. Aim to get 25 to 30 grams daily.

7.  Eat protein with EACH meal – amino acids rebuild muscle tissue—crucial, because if muscles break down, metabolism slows. Women should eat 70 g a day.

Source:  SELF magazine

So no excuses!!  Age is just a number.  It may get a little more challenging as we age but there is absolutely NO reason why we can’t look hotter in our 40’s than we did in our 20’s!!!

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa

 

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